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A Kind Word

Back in 2006 when Mayor Keith Summey signed the first proclamation for Say Something Nice Day in North Charleston, I had no inkling that this simple idea would one day circle the globe. We were not the first to proclaim the virtues and benefits of just saying a kind word. The Hebrew prophet prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Centuries later the Apostle Paul said, “Be ye kind one to another.”

As rage is on the uptick in our society, it would be good to remind ourselves to just be kind. Say a kind word to the next person you meet and the next and the next.

It is a simple idea. Perhaps that is why it is so difficult. The easiest and most appreciated words are “Please“” and “Thank you.”

As I was walking to Baggage Claim in the Charleston Airport after a flight from Nashville, a stranger only a few years younger than I took notice of my resting for a moment and offered assistance. A man and his wife from Ridgeville rescued my bag from the carousel. When I thanked them, the man said, “This is Charleston.” What a wonderful reputation for a city to have. Simple acts of kindness leave a lasting impression.

My son and daughter-in-law met me and we drove to Chick-fil-a to pick up a sandwich on the way home. Although it was late, we were met by a cheerful, smiling server.

To my surprise and joy, I have read web post from around the world about Say Something Nice Day These make me hopeful. A recent Gallop Poll found that 47% of Americans believe that our morals are in decline.

I think we can change that for the better. When you are wondering how to respond in a particular situation, just say something nice, encouraging, uplifting, and helpful. You may not see the results, but your kindness will be remembered.

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Mayor R. Keith Summey Proclaims 8th. Annual Say Something Nice Day

Mayor R. Keith Summey of the City of North Charleston, South Carolina, has proclaimed June 01, 2013 as Say Something Nice Day. Mayor Summey emphasized the importance of good communication skills for a healthy, productive community.

He stressed the importance of effective communication to an efficient and productive work force. Mayor Summey stated that he is committed to helping every citizen have a voice in governing their community.  He said that good communication helps visitors to the city feel welcome and comfortable.

According to Dr. Mitch Carnell, founder of the movement, “Mayor Summey has been a staunch supporter since he issued the first proclamation eight years ago and has never faltered in his support.”

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Mayor Summey Proclaims Say Something Nice Day

            City of North Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Keith Summey declared June 01, 2012 as Say Something Nice Day at a meeting of City Council on May 10. North Charleston is the third largest city in the state. A rousing concert by the new Steel Drum Band of Stall High School preceded the reading of the proclamation.

            Mayor Summey took aim at the negative rhetoric that has invaded society and especially the workplace. The proclamation states in part, “Tens of millions of workers in the United States are disengaged in their jobs because of poor communication, effecting the economy in excess of an estimated $200 billion per year. Sixty percent of workers do not receive compliments on the job leading to worker dissatisfaction.”

            Mayor Summey stated further, “The City of North Charleston has long believed in the importance of effective communication within its workforce. The City is committed to maintaining friendly atmosphere for our employees, citizens, businesses and visitors.”

            Say Something Nice Day originated in North Charleston, SC and Mayor Summey was the first to make the designation. It is now listed in the Chase Calendar of Events. The city previously trained all of its employees in effective communication skills.

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Thankful Thursday – Mayor Keith Summey

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Mayor Keith Summey brings to my life. He has been extremely supportive of the employees of the City of North Charleston. He gave me the opportunity to work with all of them – all of them. Many cities train department heads and supervisors, but North Charleston opened the training to every employee. We did not separate them by rank. We mixed all levels. It was a tremendous experience. Some employees with the most unpopular jobs were the most dedicated. Mayor Summey took one of the courses along with other employees, had good attendance and did his homework. He has a great vision for the city and a wonderful way of relating to the people. I have seen him in many different venues and he is always the same. He was the first to issue a proclamation for Say Something Nice Day which gave the effort instant credibility. His associates Ray Anderson and Bob Connella laid the groundwork. Mayor Summey sometimes runs the cash register at Aunt Bea’s Restaurant, a great place to eat, but you had better go there hungry. If you haven’t been to the old city of North Charleston lately, you owe it to yourself to go. The transformation is miraculous. Take a good look at what vision, hard work and perseverance can accomplish. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gift of Keith Summey to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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